and what Alice
Queen Alice, Lewis Carroll, Seite 5 ( von 8 )
"Which door?" said the Frog.
Alice almost stamped with irritation at the slow drawl in which he spoke.
The Frog looked at the door with his large dull eyes for a minute: then he went
nearer and rubbed it with his thumb, as if he were trying whether the paint
would come off; then he looked at Alice.
"To answer the door?" he said. "What's it been asking of?"
He was so hoarse that Alice could scarcely hear him.
"I don't know what you mean," she said.
"I speak English, doesn't I?" the Frog went on. "Or are you
deaf? What did it ask you?"
"Nothing!" Alice said impatiently. "I've been knocking at
"Shouldn't do that - shouldn't do that -" the Frog muttered.
"Wexes it, you know." Then he went up and gave the door a kick with
one of his great feet. "You let
he panted out, as he hobbled back to his tree, "and it'll let
you alone, you
At this moment the door was flung open, and a shrill voice was heard singing:
Looking-Glass world it was Alice that said,
'I've a sceptre in hand, I've a crown on my head;
Let the Looking-Glass creatures, whatever they be,
Come and dine with the Red Queen, the White Queen, and me!'"
And hundreds of voices joined in the chorus:
"Then fill up
the glasses as quick as you can,
And sprinkle the table with buttons and bran:
But cats in the coffee, and mice in the tea -
And welcome Queen Alice with thirty-times-three!"
Then followed a confused noise of cheering, and Alice thought to herself,
"Thirty times three makes ninety. I wonder if any one's counting?" In
a minute there was silence again, and the same shrill voice sang another verse:
Looking-Glass creatures,' quoth Alice, 'draw near!
'Tis an honour to see me, a favour to hear:
'Tis a privilege high to have dinner and tea
Along with the Red Queen, the White Queen, and me!'"
Then came the chorus again: -
"Then fill up
the glasses with treacle and ink,
Or anything else that is pleasant to drink;
Mix sand with the cider, and wool with the wine -
And welcome Queen Alice with ninety-times-nine!"
"Ninety times nine!" Alice repeated in despair. "Oh, that'll
never be done! I'd better go in at once -" and in she went, and there was
a dead silence the moment she appeared.